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Wednesday, 24 July, 2002
Province plans festival to celebrate learning
Statement by André Gaum, Western Cape Education Minister
The Western Cape Government has launched an eight-week, "Learning Cape" Festival in August and September to celebrate learning and to highlight the importance of life-long learning by all citizens.
We will also use the opportunity to celebrate the excellent work being done to improve education and training in the province, and to draw attention to the work that remains to be done to ensure effective education for all.
The Western Cape Government has identified four pillars on which we build the economy of the province for the 21st century.
These key pillars are:
An effective education system is obviously essential if we are to become the "Learning Cape".
The Western Cape Government will do everything in its power to foster education, training and life-long learning in the province, and is therefore launching the "Learning Cape Festival", which will take place from 8 August to 8 September 2002.
The key themes of the festival are that:
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has given the festival its full support, given our special responsibility to provide effective education in the province.
We can only ensure a Cape of Good Hope for All if we provide education that will enable all children of this province to realise their potential, and that is capable of producing citizens who can contribute to the development of the Western Cape and the country.
The WCED will organise a wide range of activities during the festival to draw attention to the latest developments in primary and secondary education in the province. Special events will include the following:
Other activities will include the following:
To some extent, the Western Cape is already the "Learning Cape". Our record to date has shown that the Western Cape has the potential of becoming an important centre for the knowledge economy of the 21st century.
This is reflected in the matric results of our schools and the achievements of our universities and technikons in teaching, learning and research.
Unfortunately, we have much to do before we can feel satisfied that the broad mass of our people are benefiting from this education. We have a long way to go before the "Learning Cape" becomes the "Cape of Good Hope for All".
The Learning Cape Festival will acknowledge the excellent work that is already being done in education and training in the Western Cape, while also drawing attention to what remains to be done to earn our place as "The Learning Cape".
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